Mutiwekuziva rallies Herentals

HARARE - Hetentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva is not reading much into his team’s recent impressive form as they prepare to face Harare City this afternoon at Rufaro Stadium.

The School Boys have been in excellent form lately picking up two wins and three draws in their last five matches which saw them move up the log table to ninth place with 31 points from 24 matches.

In fact, Herentals are the only team that has not tasted defeat in the last five matches.

That run is a huge step towards the team’s survival in only their first season in the top flight.

As they prepare for a date against the Sunshine Boys, Mutiwekuziva was quick to remind his charges to remain focused.

“I think there is no need for us to really get over excited. It’s important we keep our heads down while we continue to work hard,” he said.

“Harare City are a difficult side and we really need to work hard if we are to salvage a win.

“I hope our previous performances would be able to inspire us going into this one. We have been playing some good football lately and I hope that will continue against City.”

Harare City on the other hand are also expecting a tough afternoon and their coach Mark Harrison has since called on his charges to be on high alert.

“We get to prepare for Herentals. It’s not going to be an easy game, if you look at them over the past five games they haven’t lost.

“They are the only team in the league if you look that hasn’t lost in the last five games. They are not to be misjudged in any form,” Harrison said.

“So we should go out there and do our job. If we do apply ourselves properly, show good application then we are as good as anybody in the league and if we do it properly we have a chance of winning the game.

“But we have to go and apply ourselves like we did against (FC) Platinum week in, week out.

“The win against (FC) Platinum was a big relief and a big performance as well. We now need to carry that forward.”

Harrison feels they have since attained their target of surviving relegation and now want to finish the campaign on a high.

“We set up at the start of the season to say 40 points safety. And to be fair I think at 35 now I don’t think we should be relegated.

“We have got 11 games left and we must work to try and win those matches. Probably it’s not gonna happen but that’s what we should be looking at, we should be looking at the target to say let’s go out there and try and win 11.

“We gonna have that type of mentality, we need to get a little bit more hungry. I just feel that the players need to come back; they haven’t been as hungry as they should be.”


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